Here we are again in the middle of winter. I have always considered winter as nothing more than a path to spring. I do enjoy the beautiful winter scenery – from inside my warm house. But participating in winter activities has never been one of my desires. I think it goes back to my childhood. Just like every kid, I became excited when the first snowflake fell. I wanted to go outside and play in the snow, build a snowman, sled, do all the things others seemed to enjoy. My mother, however had other ideas. She would resist for a time. Claiming it was too cold or too wet. She just didn’t want to take any risks. After a while my pleading wore her down and she would begin to drag out the protective gear I was forced to wear. There were no down jackets or snow suits then. So my apparel would consist of layer upon layer of my usual clothes: multiple pairs of pants, shirts, gloves, scarves, hats, coats and then the dreaded rubber boots. By the time she was finished dressing me, I was exhausted and very, very hot. Of course I could barely move. I was awkwardly pushed out the door only to return within minutes since my restricted movements did not allow for much play and I was terribly uncomfortable. I swear I believe she planned it that way to keep me inside and out of harm’s way. Over the years, I came to the conclusion that going out in winter just wasn’t worth it. Sometimes I think we can be too well prepared and restricted. I think it may limit us in ways we never even imagine. Mother only wanted to keep me safe, but when is safe too safe? Do we layer ourselves with protections that limit our potential? If no one ever took any risks, what kind of a world would it be? I’m not sure of the answer of course, but I do wonder what it feels like to sled down a steep hill with the cold, snowy wind in my face and I don’t know how to build a snowman.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”